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Tyler Pigg Director/Athletics Communications, University of Oklahoma Athletics Department
NORMAN – University of Oklahoma head women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale announced Thursday the hiring of Coquese Washington as assistant coach.
Washington previously served as the head coach at Penn State from 2008-19, amassing a 209-169 record and guiding the Nittany Lions to four NCAA Tournament appearances and two Sweet 16 showings along with three Big Ten regular season championships.
"We are incredibly excited to welcome Coquese, her husband Raynell, and their family to Oklahoma,” Coale said. “Coquese is a winner. Her track record of coaching and her experience in recruiting elite talent is well-documented. She has a versatile skill set that will both benefit our student-athletes and our coaching staff. Having the opportunity to coach alongside Coquese at the 2013 World University Games for USA Basketball allowed me to see up-close the ability she has to build relationships with student-athletes and help them develop on and off the court. We are honored to welcome her into our family and anxious for her to get started in Norman."
From 2012-14, the Lady Lions claimed three straight Big Ten regular-season titles, making them one of four programs in conference history to win three or more regular season crowns in a row.
Washington’s squads won the Big Ten regular season championship outright in 2012 and 2013, while sharing the title in 2014. She also guided Penn State to appearances in the Sweet 16 in 2012 and 2014.
“I am so thrilled with the opportunity to be here at Oklahoma, working with and learning from a Hall of Fame coach,” Washington said. “Sherri Coale is an unquestioned star in our profession, and exemplifies achieving high levels of success with grace, class, integrity and dignity. The way she impacts the lives of her student-athletes is nothing short of amazing. Joining the OU family is going to be a lot of fun for me and my family, and we are eager to get to Norman and become a part of this remarkable community.”
Washington earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors three times (2012, 2013, 2014), while also being named a two-time WBCA Region Six Coach of the Year (2012, 2013) and two-time finalist for WBCA National Coach of the Year (2012, 2013). She was also selected as the 2011 and 2014 Black Coaches Association (BCA) Female Coach of the Year.
A seasoned recruiter, Washington signed six McDonald’s All-Americans during her 12 years at Penn State.
Before her arrival in State College, Washington served as an assistant coach and associate head coach at Notre Dame from 1999-2007, helping the Fighting Irish to the 2001 NCAA Championship and four Sweet 16 appearances in eight seasons.
Washington played collegiately at Notre Dame from 1989-92, serving as a captain for the Fighting Irish’s first NCAA Tournament team in 1992. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1992 and later earned her Juris Doctorate from Notre Dame in 1997.
She played six seasons in the WNBA for three different organizations from 1999-2003, helping the Houston Comets to the 2000 league championship.
Washington was also a key figure in helping create the WNBA Players Association (WNBPA), serving as the founding president of the WNBPA from 1999 until 2001. She served as the executive vice president of the WNBPA from 2001 until her retirement in 2003. Washington led negotiations for the association’s first collective bargaining agreement as the association’s president. As the executive vice president, she was a mainstay in the negotiations for the league’s second collective bargaining agreement, which brought about the first free agency system in women’s professional sports.
Both Coale and Washington have experience coaching with one another. Washington served as an assistant under Coale for the 2013 World University Games, helping the United States to a gold medal in Kazan, Russia.
A native of Flint, Mich., Washington was inducted into the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame in December 2009.
Oklahoma returns all five starters in 2019-20, including All-Big 12 Second Team selection Ana Llanusa, Big 12 All-Freshman honoree Taylor Robertson and the nation’ No. 11-ranked recruiting class according to Prospects Nation.
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On February 1, 2019, the Carl Albert State College Board of Regents voted to implement an eSports program for both campuses in Poteau and Sallisaw.
This vote made CASC the first community college in Oklahoma to become a member of the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE). NACE is a non-profit membership association that began in 2016 at the first-ever Collegiate eSports Summit in Kansas City, MO. NACE is endorsed by the NJCAA and NAIA.
Upon establishment in 2016, NACE’s membership consisted of 7 colleges and universities that offered varsity eSports programs to its students. In the years since inception, NACE’s membership has steadily risen to 119 colleges and universities in 2019.
Oklahoma is home to three educational institutions that offer eSports to its students: The University of Oklahoma, Rogers State University, and CASC.
“When most people imagine education in Southeast Oklahoma,” said Randy Armstrong, CASC eSports Coordinator and Recruiter, “competitive video gaming is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, we hope to be at the forefront of this movement and use this stereotype to our advantage. In true CASC fashion, we are providing opportunities for local students and discovering a wealth of talented competitors who have, quite frankly, been overlooked until now.”
Students who are selected to compete on the CASC Varsity eSports team will receive a scholarship waiver for free textbooks along with a 25% Housing Waiver, valued at $200, for team members who live on the Poteau campus. Scholarships for the eSports program will include six individual scholarships for the game Overwatch, and six individual scholarships for the game Rocket League.
Improved hand and eye-coordination is not the only incentive for students to join the eSports program. Students who compete in the program will have opportunities to incorporate their skills with their educational coursework. The eSports program will correspond with two degrees CASC offers: Computer Information Systems, and Computer Technology.
“Starting the program is exciting in itself,” Armstrong continued, “but our Coaches and I agree that being ‘groundbreaking’ or ‘trendsetting’ is only going to be exciting for about a year. Moving forward, we want our school and community to continue to be excited about CASC eSports, and in order to do that it’s not going to be enough to just haveeSports program, we want to establish ourselves as dominant figure in our state and our region. We’re playing to win.”
CASC is now accepting applications for individuals who are interested in joining its eSports program. If you or someone you know is passionate about online gaming, CASC would like to encourage you to apply for the program.
Those interested in applying should contact Randy Armstrong at 918-413-1051 and then apply online at: https://forms.gle/zyTNxwV42eV5WBzb6.
Carl Albert State College thanks JJ's Wing Shack for their sponsorship of our upcoming Cherokee Nation - Carl Albert State College Scholarship Golf Scramble.
Pictured left to right: Kristin Peerson, CASC staff, owners, Jerome and Lydia Lee, Jimmy Allen, Penny Allen, Kendra Rowe, LaRissta Hixon, Sam Matthews, and CASC workstudy Bethany Caughman. .
Blaylock Chosen for ORES All Archery Team
Gunner Blaylock, a 7th grader at Shady Point, earned a spot on the ORES All Archery Team.
38 K-8 schools competed in the ORES (Organization of Rural Elementary Schools) State Tournament in Shawnee on March 1st.
Blaylock was among 20 archers (the top 10 boys and 10 girls) chosen out of approximately 600 that competed at the tournament.
“Gunner has been a valuable member of our archery team since we began the program last year,” said Hank Austin, the Shady Point archery coach. “He is a leader on the range, but not just on the scorecard. He supports his teammates with advice and encouragement at every practice and tournament. We are all very proud of him.”
The Shady Point archery team placed 6th among the 38 schools at the tournament. The team heads to Louisville, Kentucky in May to compete in the NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) East National Tournament.
GREAT AMERICAN CONFERENCE NEWS RELEASE
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s ninth weekly honors for the 2019 baseball season. Arkansas-Monticello’s David Reyna garnered the Player of the Week accolade while Arkansas Tech’s Drake Norton earned the Pitcher of the Week award.
GAC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – David Reyna, Arkansas-Monticello, RF, Jr., Santa Fe, Texas
Reyna spearheaded the UAM offense as he hit .778 against Southern Nazarene to help the Weevils extend their win streak to 14. He torched Crimson Storm pitching for three multi-hit games to raise his average to .393. On Sunday, he went 5-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored. In Monday’s finale, he hit his first home run of the season and added his ninth stolen base.
GAC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Drake Norton, Arkansas Tech, LHP, Jr., Yukon, Oklahoma
Norton won his third-straight start as he shut down Henderson State in a mid-week contest. He limited the Reddies to only three hits and he allowed only six base runners in his 8.0 innings of work. He matched the season high for strikeouts by a Wonder Boy starter this year as he fanned 10. In four starts this season, he owns a 1.50 ERA.
Justin Bundy, OF, Northwestern Oklahoma State (Homered twice and drove in five runs); Caleb Carr, LF/DH, Henderson State (Went 7-for-16 with a stolen base); Cooper King, 3B, Southern Arkansas (Doubled four times and posted a .533 on-base percentage); Josh Lincoln, IF, East Central (Hit .529 with a home run and three stolen bases); Kannon McCune, INF, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Hit .700 as SWOSU swept Arkansas Tech); Bo Sutton, OF, Ouachita (Collected nine hits and drove in four runs)
Hunter Brantley, LHP, Southern Arkansas (Limited Oklahoma Baptist to one run and four hits in 6.2 IP; struck out eight); Noah Fowler, RHP, Ouachita (In two appearances, threw 6.2 IP of scoreless ball; allowed only three hits); Matt Goertzen, RHP, Northwestern Oklahoma State (Struck out seven in 7.0 scoreless IP vs Harding); Tyler Tuck, LHP, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Tossed a five-hit shutout vs Arkansas Tech)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 19th-ranked Oklahoma baseball team dropped a 12-4 decision at West Virginia Saturday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark. The series rubber game is scheduled for noon CT Sunday.
Center fielder Brady Harlan went 3-for-3 with a walk and third baseman Brylie Ware went 2-for-4 with a home run for the Sooners (22-6, 4-1 Big 12). Junior Nathan Wiles (5-1) pitched at least six innings for the sixth time in seven starts this season. He struck out six, walked none and allowed four runs in 6.2 frames, taking his first loss of the season. It was also OU’s first Saturday defeat this year.
Oklahoma tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth, but the Mountaineers (15-11, 1-4 Big 12) took a 4-3 lead in the seventh and scored eight runs in the eighth inning to extend their lead to 12-3. Tristen Hudson (1-0) allowed no runs in 1.2 relief innings to earn the win for WVU.
“I thought Nate battled all day long,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “We can’t leave that many guys on base. We just have to execute when we get men in scoring position. If we had taken the lead early, it could have made a big difference in the game.”
Trailing 3-0, Oklahoma scored a run in the top of the fifth on Brylie Ware’s third home run of the season. His leadoff shot went all the way out of the ballpark to left field and onto the passing road to cut it to 3-1. The Sooners tied the game in the sixth on an RBI groundout by left fielder Diego Muniz and an infield single by shortstop Brandon Zaragoza. OU left eight runners on base in the first four innings and left 12 runners in the game.
Ware drew a walk to lead off the ninth inning and scored on an RBI groundout by catcher Brady Lindsly to make the score 12-4.
West Virginia took a 3-0 lead with single runs in the first, third and fourth innings. First baseman Marques Inman singled in a run in the first, center fielder Brandon White doubled in a run in the third and catcher Paul McIntosh hit a solo home run in the fourth.
The Mountaineers retook the lead with a run in the seventh inning on a two-out single by second baseman Tyler Doanes that made the score 4-3. WVU added eight runs in the eighth inning on four hits and five walks to make the score 12-3.
The seventeenth-annual Cherokee Nation - Carl Albert State College Scholarship Scramble is set for Saturday, May 10th at Shadow Creek Country Club in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.
The four-person team, 18-hole scramble will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and tee-off at 9 a.m.
Golfers will have the opportunity to help provide scholarships to area students attending CASC through their $60 per person entry fee or their $240 per team fee. The registration fee includes a golf cart, greens fees, two mulligans, lunch, beverages and a prize bag for each golfer.
The first-place team will receive a $600 prize, the second-place team will take home $460 prize and there will be a wild card drawing for the third-place prize of $300.
Additional prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin.
Pre-registration is required, contact Paul Marshall to reserve your place in the scramble at 918-776-9242.
AUSTIN, Texas – Arkansas’ Gabe Moore wrapped up day one action at the Texas Relays leading the field with 4,150-pts. through five events at Mike A. Myers Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
Moore started the day by running a brisk 10.81 that was fourth in his heat and fourth overall in the 20 person field.
He returned to jump 7.10m (23-3.50) in the long jump that finished as the eighth-best in the field.
In the shot put, Moore posted a best throw of 14.47m (47-5.75) that was the third-best in the competition.
High jump once again saw Moore finish with the third-best mark in the field after clearing 2.01m (6-7).
The senior capped day one action by running 49.47 in the 400-meters to move to the lead in the competition.
Moore holds a 95-point lead over Texas A&M’s Nathan Hite, with Kennesaw State’s Paris Williams in third at 3,932-pts.
Arkansas will return to action at the 92nd Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas has made a change in leadership in its men’s basketball program. Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek announced today that Mike Anderson has been dismissed as the head men’s basketball coach.
Anderson recently completed his eighth season as the head coach of the Razorback men’s basketball team and his 25th season overall as a member of the Razorback men’s basketball program.
“After a review of the program, including an analysis of the past eight years and a look forward, I have made a decision that a change in leadership will best position our men’s basketball program for future success,” Yurachek said. “In the past eight seasons, we have won a number of games and have made appearances in both the NIT and the NCAA Tournaments. However, in my evaluation, we have not sustained a consistent level of success against the most competitive teams in the nation to enable us to compete for SEC and NCAA Championships on an annual basis. That will continue to be the benchmark for our success throughout our athletic program.
“During his tenure with our program, Mike Anderson has represented the University of Arkansas in a first-class manner and with the highest level of integrity on and off the floor. We are grateful for Coach Anderson’s many contributions to our program and most of all for his investment in the lives of the many student-athletes he has coached. He has been a positive influence on their lives, encouraged them and supported them on, both their individual and collective, academic and athletic journeys. We wish Mike, his wife Marcheita and the entire Anderson family the very best.”
Anderson became Arkansas’ 12th head men’s basketball coach in March 2011 and was 169-102 in his eight seasons with the Razorbacks. He has posted a 17-year head coaching record of 369-200 with stops at UAB (2002-06) and Missouri (2006-11) before returning to Arkansas in 2011. Anderson was on staff with the Razorbacks for 17 seasons (1985-2002), helping Arkansas win the 1994 NCAA Championship.
The Razorbacks made five postseason tournament berths in Anderson’s eight years, including three in the NCAA (2015, 2017 and 2018) and two in the NIT (2014 and 2019).
Arkansas was 18-16 this past season, finished ninth in the SEC (8-10) and reached the second round of the NIT.
Yurachek announced that a national search for the next head men’s basketball coach will begin immediately. Associate head coach Melvin Watkins will serve as a lead on men’s basketball team related matters until a head coach is named.
“With our great history and tradition, a loyal fan base and a fully supported program within the SEC, I am confident that we will identify a leader that will elevate our men’s basketball program to a nationally competitive level on an annual basis,” Yurachek said. “In an effort to most effectively identify and secure our next head coach, I do not plan on providing further comment related to our search until its completion. I appreciate the understanding and support of all Razorback fans as we move forward in this process.”
CASC Lady Viking, Hunter Brown, Named NJCAA Pitcher of the Week
Hunter Brown, a sophomore pitcher for the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings, has been named the NJCAA Softball Region II Division I Pitcher of the Week.
Brown is a right handed pitcher from Wister, Oklahoma, who pitched a complete seven-inning game with 11 K’s on March 8, 2019 against Fort Scott Community College with a 9-2 win. On March 10, 2019, Hunter pitched three shutout innings with 1 K in a 12-0 home win against North Arkansas College.
“I couldn’t be more proud to coach such an outstanding player,” said David Holt, Lady Viking Head Coach. “Hard work truly pays off and we are excited to celebrate Hunter’s accomplishment.”